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Dynalogic Hyperion 3032

Dynalogic Hyperion 3032

Speed4.77 MHz
Memory256 KB

What's this?

Dynalogic

Hyperion

Release Date: 1/1/1983
Manufacturer: Dynalogic
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$4,995.00
$11,974.86*
 
Donated By: Paul Williams, Frank Warman, Dick Patterson
 
This machine was actually the first "PC Compatible" portable ever made - even making it to market before the Compaq. Designed and manufactured in Canada by Dynalogic (and later Bytec-Comterm) the machine never really took off because (unlike) the Compaq, it had reliability issues and was really only about 95% compatible.

The machine offered powerful features for a 1983 computer, including dual 360K 5.25" disk drives, built-in 7-inch amber CRT and a video out jack for displaying CGA graphics. The keyboard slides underneath the main unit and locks into place. It was delivered along with a suite of standard software: word processor, database and communications.

The Hyperion sales continued in Canada and USA for two year. A few of them were also sold in Europe from September 1983 by the German Anderson Jacobson Cie, under the name Ajile.

The Hyperion was also featured in an episode of Whiz Kids which aired on CBS.

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 

User Comments
JY on Wednesday, August 02, 2017
I have Dynalogic Hyperion 3032 which has been in my basement for a very long time. Am trying to show my kids it but the display doesn't seem to work. I hear it humming. LED turn on too. Is this problem fixable? I see comments about reliability issues. Thank you.
Jean Yoper on Wednesday, August 02, 2017
I have Dynalogic Hyperion 3032 which has been in my basement for a very long time. Am trying to show my kids it but the display doesn't seem to work. I hear it humming. LED turn on too. Is this problem fixable? I see comments about reliability issues. Thank you.
Jean Yoper on Wednesday, August 02, 2017
I have Dynalogic Hyperion 3032 which has been in my basement for a very long time. Am trying to show my kids it but the display doesn't seem to work. I hear it humming. LED turn on too. Is this problem fixable? I see comments about reliability issues. Thank you.
aProgrammer on Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Hey Chris. still plugging your diesel car in during the winter so it will start after work? ;) I was one of the programmers on the Hyperion. I worked on IN:TOUCH, a port of Basica and a few other small projects.
Chris Sullivan on Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I designed the graphics and character display, one of the two main boards. We had a fun time in the suite at Comdex in Atlantic City. I remember playing the guitar sitting on the floor. Many of the components used in this computer did not meet expectations (the floppy disks, etc.). They were ready-made, usually in the US. The case was an obvious copy designed by the same people who designed the Apple Lisa. I was proud of the job done by my fellow hardware designers, James Andrasi, John Quarterman and others. In the software area, featuring Don Bailey and others (geeze, we we young pups), there was the first "port" (use on different hardware) of the original Microsoft DOS 1.0 operating system, after the IBM PC. At the time, it was less well-known than its competition, CP/M. I used to have a copy of the source code to Microsoft's DOS 1.0. Wonder what happened to that? Probably worth something... There was a book written about the likes of us: "The Knights of the New Technology." (David Thomas) We used to have a large piece of dot-matrix printer paper tacked up on an office divider, with sayings scribbled on it, along the lines of the first one, "Real Men Don't Use Listings", like "Real Men Don't Debug, They Patch" I guess you had to be there.
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